The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Gypsy Songs

12 October 2019, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Vocal Music, So Close

Gypsy Songs Presented by Liszt Academy

Lilla Horti, Bernadett Wiedemann


Máté Hollós: Căra luma phírav (I Walk the World)
Brahms: Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs), Op. 103
Dvořák: Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55
Ravel: Tzigane


Imre Széchényi: The Three Gypsies
Brahms: Vier Zigeunerlieder (Four Gypsy Songs), Op. 112
Liszt: The Three Gypsies
László Dubrovay: Gypsy Songs (premiere)
György Orbán: Secular Melodies – Gypsy Madrigal (premiere)

Lilla Horti, Bernadett Wiedemann, Katalin Kokas (violin, viola), Emese Virág (piano)

Gypsy music? Folk music or popular composed music? What is it in music that we can refer to as typically ‘Gypsy’? This inventive recital of songs seeks answers to these questions, in which we come across 19th century recruitment-inspired works as well as contemporary compositions going back to the authentic folk music of the Roma community. Ferenc Liszt outraged the Hungarian public of the day when he identified recruitment music considered to be Hungarian folk music as Gypsy music. Today, this theory, which does not stand up to scientific scrutiny, is worth rethinking as one of the first musical manifestations of cultural coexistence, multiculturalism, the composed music ‘trickle down’ of which can be perceived not only in the work of Liszt but many of his contemporaries (Brahms, Dvořák). Imre Széchényi has a special position amongst them: his setting to music of Lenau complements the Liszt version of the same poem in an interesting way. The panorama is made whole with Ravel’s violin piece Tzigane and modern day compositions from Máté Hollós and György Orbán.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 2 500